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For Labor Day 2020, rangers created a virtual ranger-led hike in the Hall of Mosses, a popular trail in the Hoh Rainforest. Come along for a peaceful stroll and consider what your role is in managing public lands.

 
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Hurricane Ridge is one of the most popular places in Olympic National Park, but making it safe to drive there in winter is quite an undertaking!

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The National Park Service is dedicated to telling the story of all Americans, broadening our vision of our ever-evolving nation. In past posts for Hispanic Heritage Month we discussed why Spanish colonization failed on the Olympic Peninsula and the harrowing tales of shipwrecks at Chilean Memorial. Olympic National Park proudly preserves these lesser known stories in the rich pantheon of Hispanic Heritage.

Countless other NPS sites commemorate the ways that Hispanic people have enriched the US. The San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico preserves histories of centuries of Spanish occupation and the island’s transition into a US commonwealth. El Morro National Monument in New Mexico not only protects centuries of ancestral Puebloan culture, but over 400 years of Spanish history in the Southwest. The Cesar Chavez National Monument in California interprets the history of Chavez’s, Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) members’ struggles during the 1970s to unionize migrant farm workers to demand higher wages and safer working conditions.

As Hispanic history predates the US’s founding, Hispanic history imbues American history. The NPS seeks to preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural resources as well as constantly making these sites relevant to all Americans today and into the future.

Thank you for celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with Olympic National Park. I hope to see you here enjoying the park soon! Please visit our park website for planning your next trip www.nps.gov/olym

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In this final video of our Spanish language series for Hispanic History Month (September 15-October 15), Ranger Lili shares some of the numerous other National Park Service sites that preserve fascinating Hispanic History in the United States.

 
 
 

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Hello, my name is Liliana Valderrama, I am glad that you're here to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us at Olympic National Park. Hispanic Heritage Month commemorates the countless connections between people originating from Spain's former colonies in the Americas and the United States. President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a national Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968. President Ronald Reagan expanded it to a month in 1988. Hispanic Heritage month begins on September 15th and runs through October 15th to commemorate the independence days of Central and South American countries.

The term Hispanic intersects with other identifiers like Latino/Latina/Latinx-and hyphenated Americans like Cuban-Americas. Given histories of the colonization of indigenous populations, the middle passage, and migration to Latin America, Hispanic people come in every flavor, color, size, and shape. Our identity is complex and each individual decides which terms suit them best. Sixty million Americans identify as Hispanic today.

For example, I am Peruvian-American. I also describe myself with the terms Hispanic and Latina. My parents immigrated to Miami, Florida from Lima, Peru. My father's ancestry is mostly Italian, and my mother's is a mix of Spanish and indigenous Andean.

For years I dreamed of working as a ranger for the National Park Service where I could delve into America's richest stories . I began working on Alcatraz Island, an NPS site, and in my home town at Biscayne National Park before coming to Olympic National Park. I cherish the chance to welcome visitors to this ecologically diverse corner of the United States. My most enriching day as a ranger at Olympic came when I was able to engage in bilingual community outreach at Forks Elementary. I shared my love of this park with students, many of whom were immigrants.

I enjoy digging into the hidden gems of American history as a ranger. In our next video we'll discuss the Spanish Imperial dreams for the Pacific Northwest and the local place names that conserve this history.

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What is Hispanic Heritage Month, and how does it connect to national parks like Olympic? Meet Ranger Liliana, who introduces this month and how it connects to her experiences as an NPS ranger. Music Credit: La petenera by La Masa Fina, used under Attribution NonCommercial Share Alike License.

 
 
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Four scientist/tree climbers explore the diversity of life found in the canopy of a 400-year old Douglas fir.

 
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Boys and Girls Club of the Olympic Peninsula, Port Angeles High School Environmental Science Class and Olympic National Park staff and volunteers do the BioBlitz Dance in several locations around Olympic National Park! Music: Bird Machine feat Alesia by DJ Snake Film by NPS/Christeal Milburn

 
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Eight teenagers from around the country backpack along the wild Olympic coast for two weeks. Their mission: to collect as much marine debris as they can pack out on their backs. Their story is one of partnership, stewardship and inspiring volunteerism. "This trip has influence how I'm going to live the rest of my life. I already miss the beach." Produced by NPS/Heather Stephens

 
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A more in-depth look at our volunteer marine-debris crews from summer 2015. Eight teenagers from around the country backpack along the wild Olympic coast for two weeks. Their mission: to collect as much marine debris as they can pack out on their backs. Their story is one of partnership, stewardship and inspiring volunteerism. "This trip has influence how I'm going to live the rest of my life. I already miss the beach." Produced by NPS/Heather Stephens

 
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The Smell of Cedars Steeped in Rain is a wordless love letter to Olympic National Park created by student filmmaker Eliza Goode. The film was shot over a period of a couple of months during the fall of 2014 and January 2015. Goode made the film for her final thesis project for her MFA in Science and Natural History Filmmaking at Montana State University. Original music for the film was scored and performed by Washington-based band Kuinka (formerly Rabbit Wilde).

 
 
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Produced by North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network
National Parks are our national treasures, which protect living, breathing ecosystems and the cultural history of the American public. Whether monitoring natural ecosystems or studying historic sites, national park scientists are stewards of our nation's crown jewels. Working unobtrusively and mostly out of sight, park scientists do the rigorous science needed to document park ecological health and to conserve historical riches. Science Minute Movies profile staff in eight Pacific Northwest national parks and offer behind-the-scenes looks at science in action.
 
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Restoring the Elwha River Webisode Series
This series of webisodes, produced by Wings over Watersheds, chronicles the removal of the Elwha Dam and Glines Canyon Dam - the largest dam removal project in United States history.
 

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